How to stain a wooden door – Using Woodstain

By applying a coat of Woodstain to any doors within your home, you can quickly and inexpensively create a stylish new look for a room. Many people are put off by the idea of completing such work, without professional assistance but with these easy steps you can have the job done with in a matter of hours and with minimal stress.

Take down the door

Moulded hard Board Doors

Moulded hard Board Doors

If your door is already hung, you’ll first need to take it down. This can be done by pushing a screwdriver upwards, releasing the pins which hold the door’s hinges together. Once the pins have released the hinge plate, you’ll then need to remove any hardware from the door, including handles or locks.

Sand and seal the door

Once you’ve removed your door from the frame, place it flat across a workbench or pair of saw horses. You can then sand the surface of the door, preferably with 220-grit sandpaper on an orbital finish electric sander. Sand with the grain of the wood removing any lumps, bumps or other imperfections. Once this is complete use a sponge brush to evenly apply a coat of sanding sealer. When the sanding sealer is dry, sand the door once again – but very lightly. After wiping down the surface, your door should be smooth to touch. Remember to apply a coat of sealant to the top and bottom of the door, to prevent swelling during bad weather. Your door is now ready for treatment with your woodstain.

Ronseal Quick Drying Woodstain

Ronseal Quick Drying Woodstain

Woodstains sometimes come as a gel or viscous liquid. With brands like Sikkens or Ronseal that can be quickly and easily applied with a brush. Some products can also be applied using a folded lint-free cloth but your product of choice will come with application instructions. Allow your Woodstain to stand for as long as is recommended, before wiping off with a separate lint-free cloth.

You can repeat this process as many times as is required for your ideal finish. More coats will naturally produce a darker and richer stain but your decision will depend on the decorative and architectural style of your home and the room itself.

Apply a final urethane finish

Once your wooodstain is complete and dry, you can use fine steel wool, available at most high street and online hardware stores, to lightly sand the door in preparation for the final step. Apply a coat of clear urethane, wait for it to dry, sand with fine steel wool and repeat as often as is necessary. Clear urethane coats will not only protect your newly treated door from abrasions and discolouration, the right products can also create an attractive glossy finish for your door.

Re-attach the door

Once you have applied the final clear urethane coat and you’re happy with the feel and look of your door, you can hang it back in the doorframe. Re-attach any hardware and place the door back into the frame, ensuring the pins and the hinge plate come together smoothly.


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